Manmohan discuss cross-border terror with Blair
The talks will also aim to increase bilateral trade and forge cooperation in the fields of education and science.india Updated: Oct 08, 2006 12:12 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be visiting London on Monday for talks with British counterpart Tony Blair on a host of issues, including cross-border terrorism, stepping up bilateral trade and forging further cooperation in the fields of education and science.
The discussion on terrorism, particularly cross-border terrorism assumes importance as it comes in the backdrop of recent evidence that Pakistan's ISI and terror outfits based there were behind the July 11 Mumbai train blasts in which 209 were killed and another 700 injured.
Both the countries have also become victims of terrorists attacks on mass transportation system and the two leaders would share information on how to face such eventualities at major sports events since India would be hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and Britain the Olympics in 2012.
This is the third annual summit between the two leaders since they signed the Joint London Declaration in London in September 2004 and according to a senior British foreign official the bilateral relations have since "become stronger, broader and deeper."
After his talks with Blair at 10, Downing Street on Tuesday and their address at the India-UK Investment Summit at Lancaster House in London, Singh will fly to Cambridge on Wednesday where his alma mater will confer an honorary doctorate on him, nearly 50 years after he earned his first class honours degree in economics from the well known university.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who is the Chancellor of the Varsity, will bestow the honorary doctorate of law degree on the 74-year-old economist at a congregation at Regent House of the University.